Lived here for 3 years. Thousands of vehicles is an exaggeration that borders on being a joke.Food and postal deliveries alone would outnumber cyclists. Thousands of vehicles using the space as opposed to a handful of cycling enthusiasts.
It is also very clear how much more cyclists we have compared to what we had before. And not just people riding bikes on weekends, but regular commuters.
I do agree that the design choice was poor and we should've had the two bike lanes on the south side of the street, so that some loading zones could be maintained, as well as easier access for emergency vehicles. Parking, however, is unnecessary for residents and their visitors (I dare you to go and find a full visitor parking on the promenade buildings at any time of the day, any day of the week).
This street is not a major route for anything, it contains one of the best pedestrian oriented spaces in the area, connects with the River Valley, among other things. If there's a stretch of road in Oliver that should receive LESS vehicular traffic priority, please point that out for me.
Also, I cannot stand the whining from people whose only argument and solution for the city's traffic issues are: more lanes, more parking, more cars.
Well over 90% of our mobility infrastructure is exclusively dedicated to cars. While that might be good enough for suburban living and those who (incomprehensibly to me) choose that lifestyle, for urban dwellers that is not the case, especially (albeit not exclusively, before I'm called ageist) for younger generations.